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Chimney Cleaning

Furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters and vented heating systems are only as safe and efficient as the chimney that vents them.

Chimney cleaningAt Elite Furnace & Air Duct Cleaning, LLC we strive to provide professional Chimney Cleaning NJ service, in a clean, workmanlike manner. We treat every home as if were our own. No “nickel and dime” techniques to get in your door. You should have your chimney sweep performed regularly to remove creosote from the lining of the flue. Creosote is a highly flammable residue that builds up over time from combustion in your chimney. A chimney sweep should be performed when any noticeable creosote buildup occurs or begins to fall. The Chimney Safety Institute Of America(CSIA) claims that as little as ¼” of buildup is enough to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home. Chimney cleaning also reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Creosote is black or brown in appearance and it can be crusty and flaky, tar-like, drippy and sticky, or shiny and hardened.

Why Does My Fireplace Smoke So Much?

A fireplace that is functioning properly shouldn’t create smoke in your home. There are several types of fireplace designs. There are Masonry, inserts, or steel fireplaces. There are two designs of wood stoves, one’s with a static flue, and one with both a static flue and a by-pass flue for added heat. Wood stoves can have a greater build-up of creosote because of tight tolerances in heat exchangers and by-pass flues. If you get smoke in the house each time you light a fire, you should contact a certified chimney specialist to inspect your system and have a chimney cleaning performed.

It is possible that you are trying to burn wood that still has a high moisture content.  Wet wood smokes a lot when you try to burn it. If your chimney isn’t producing a good updraft of air, that could cause smoke to accumulate in the firebox and waft back into your living area.
If you find that the smoke accumulates when it is windy outside, that could mean that you need more roof clearance for your flue.  Your roofline may be deflecting air into your chimney and forcing air back into your home.

Why Is The Chimney Odor So Strong?

The chief cause of chimney odor is “creosote.” This is a black crust that accumulates inside a chimney over time. The odor of creosote is particularly noticeable when chimneys are damp and when wind or poor construction blow air down the chimney and into the home.

Why Is it so Hard to Light A Fire in My Fireplace?

You need two things for a good fire: air circulation and dry fuel. If you always have difficulty starting a fire in your fireplace, check first to make sure your wood and kindling are dry.

If moisture in the wood isn’t your problem, it is very likely that your chimney isn’t drawing air upward properly. This can mean that something is blocking the airflow or that the air pattern on the roof is pressuring the air downward rather than drawing it up.

Why Are There Water Stains Inside My Fireplace?

Water stains in your fireplace probably mean that rain is getting down inside your flue and dripping down into the firebox. This means you need to have your chimney cap and damper inspected for rust or deterioration. Sometimes, a chimney crown can be cracked or set at an improper angle so that rain and melting snow leak down into the house along the outside of a flue.

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